Plainville Chamber honors businesses, volunteers

Published on Monday, 30 April 2018 21:01


PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Chamber of Commerce’s 110th annual Awards Dinner attracted “the best turnout yet,” with 165 people, including community leaders, gathering to support outstanding businesses and volunteers.

The dinner, at Nuchie’s, is held every year “to give back to the community,” says Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jeff DiCosimo, who owns Premier Portraits, LLC. “We want to recognize valuable and outstanding volunteers, businesses and citizens in the town of Plainville. These are often the sort of people who do things out of the goodness of their hearts who don’t expect anything in return. But we feel that for all the good they do they deserve to be recognized.”

The chamber presented six awards that night: the Beautification Award, the Business of the Year, the Distinguished Community Leader, the Distinguished Families in Business, the Distinguished Women in Business and the Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

The Beautification Award was presented to U-Haul Moving & Storage of Pinnacle Rock.

“They started work a year ago on a beautiful renovation and landscaping project that has just started to wrap up,” said DiCosimo. “It’s just amazing what they have done.”

The Business of the Year Award went to Farmington Bank.

“Farmington Bank is one of our best supporters,” said DiCosimo. “Any time the chamber needs anything, they are the first to support us and the first to step up and offer to help. We have used their facilities on New Britain Avenue for our Business After Hours events many times. They have also been a major sponsor of our annual golf tournament.”

Assistant Town Manager Shirley Osle received the Distinguished Community Leader Award.

“Shirley is one of the co-founders of the Plainville Pumpkin Fest and she has done a lot of volunteering,” said DiCosimo. “She is a member of the Rotary Club and helped to put together their Penny Sale. She does everything that she is able to and expects nothing in return.”

The Distinguished Families in Business Award was given to Tabitha W. Manafort and Quinn W. Christopher.

“Between renovating houses and restoring old antiques, Tabitha does a lot of different things in the community and she helps to beautify Plainville,” said DiCosimo. “Quinn took over M&T Enterprises after her husband died in a tragic plane crash last year. She had a choice to either close the business or keep it going and she has done a tremendous job.”

The Distinguished Women in Business Award was presented to Jane A. Carney of Painting & Decorating Inc.

“Jane took over the business in 2009 back when it wasn’t doing very well and she went ahead and turned it right around,” said DiCosimo. “She has had a very successful painting and decorating business going forward.”

The Nonprofit of the Year award was bestowed upon the Rotary Club of Plainville.

“The Rotary Club has done a lot for the town,” said DiCosimo. “They have helped to raise funds for a lot of different projects including refurbishing our parks.”

For more information on the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, call 860-747-6867 or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Monday, 30 April 2018 21:01. Updated: Monday, 30 April 2018 21:03.